“As you move through this life and this world, you change things slightly, you leave marks behind, however small. And in return, life— and travel- leaves marks on you. Most of the times those marks— on your body or on your heart- are beautiful. Often though, they hurt.”
“I think the saddest people always try their hardest to make people happy. Because they know what it’s like to feel absolutely worthless and they don’t want anybody else to feel like that.”
Monday, January 31st marks the annual Bell Let’s Talk Day, a National Fundraising initiative to combat the stigma of mental health and depression, and to raise awareness and funding for those affected.
Chances are, you know someone who has had their foundation shifted through personal or direct relation to someone afflicted with mental health issues.
It’s nearly a month into the new year, and many
are feeling the pressures of debt, falling short of lofty resolution expectations, and even the winter doldrums. We get caught in a rut. Often, we don’t know who to talk to, and we feel that even if we did, we wouldn’t want to burden another with our problems. The weight of the ordinary paints cloudy skies over our heads, and we feel hope slip away. Sometimes, giving up sounds so appealing.
To someone with feelings of sadness, days can seem long, lonely and meaningless. It’s important if you’re feeling down, to talk to someone- anyone- you can. Have people in your corner who can keep you accountable. Be accountable to others as well. Exercise. Eat better. If you don’t know how, speak with a nutritionist (there are many). See a doctor and have them refer you to someone. There’s no shame in it. Your teeth have a specialist, your back had a specialist, your eyes have a specialist… so why not your brain?
Laugh. See a comedy show or a movie. Meet up with some friends. Have things scheduled in your week that you look forward to.
Reach out to those who you care about. Do it regularly. Tell them how much they mean to you and make them feel appreciated. We need to enjoy the company we have, while we still have it.
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